Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Oppose the Use of Chemical Restraints to Care for Dementia Patients

AThe use of chemical restraints is, unfortunately, nothing new. Nursing home abuse lawyers have long known that medication is often used to sedate and restrain residents. ABC News online recently published an article on the detrimental effects of a certain prescription often given to Dementia patients in nursing homes. Most of the time, these prescriptions are dispersed not only to sedate patients so they become more "manageable," but also to help the nursing home make money from the Medicaid reimbursements they receive for ordering the medication. Medication Causes Increased Death Risk in Dementia Patients study of over 75,000 … [Read more...]

Bed Sore Lawyers Know The Causes of Pressure Sores

Pressure which prevents adequate blood from reaching the skin and the tissues beneath may cause bedsores. There are many factors that may lead to pressure sores and people should be on the look out in order to prevent problems before they become serious. Bed sore lawyers believe that three primary factors contribute to bedsores: Sustained pressure Friction Shear Sustained Pressure, Friction, and Shear are the 3 Primary Contributors to Bedsores Sustained pressure occurs when the skin and tissue are compacted between the bone and an outer surface. Surfaces such as beds and wheel chairs are the most common. The pressure may over … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Can Lead to Bed Sores

Nursing home neglect is a huge cause for the development of bed sores and pressure ulcers. Nursing homes and long term patient care centers are responsible for giving good and professional care to their patients. Often, when a nursing home has a record of neglect or abuse, you will find patients that have acquired painful and often dangerous bed sores. It is important for a patient's loved ones to know the symptoms and signs of bed sores and pressure ulcers so that they can immediately take action when stage one bed sores start to form. When it comes to bed sores, prevention is the best medicine, but if prevention isn't happening due to … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Reveal Poor Care at Holiday Care Center

Because we are attorneys that represent many clients in nursing home abuse cases in New Jersey and Philadelphia, we continue to investigate and post on nursing homes that have been given below average ratings on a report card published on the Medicare website. This is the official US Government website for Medicare, and as such, they compare nursing homes all across the United States. Based on their own specific criteria, they rate each nursing home with one to five stars. Those with 5 stars are considered to be well above average, and those with 1 star (the minimum rating you can receive) are considered to be well below average, with all … [Read more...]

Was a DePuy Sales Rep Watching You Sleep?

If you have been following our series of DePuy hip recall posts, we hope they have been informative, interesting, and educational. Our previous DePuy hip recall posts have provided information about the actual implant that has been recalled, about signs and symptoms that patients can expect if their implant is fails; and about the bad faith settlement practices of Johnson & Johnson and DePuy claims adjusters. However, this particular post is unique because today we discuss a topic that most DePuy hip recall patients have never considered. Was a DePuy sales representative watching you while you had your implant surgery performed? Sales … [Read more...]

Be Aware: What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Negligence?

As nursing home abuse lawyers, it is important that we educate people about what is considered nursing home abuse. We have discussed forms of physical abuse and the signs that a nursing home patient may be a victim of such abuse. However, nursing home patient abuse can take many forms. Negligence is a very common detriment to care quality in nursing homes, and definately a form of nursing home abuse. Nursing Home Negligence IS Nursing Home Abuse Neglect is defined as: –verb (used with object) 1. to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight 2. to be remiss in the care or treatment of 3. to omit, through … [Read more...]

President Obama Mentions Tort Reform in his State of the Union Address

Last night, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama tenderly glossed over a subject that has been a source for much debate over the last few years; medical malpractice reform. The President stated that he was: "willing to look at other ideas to bring down [health care] costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits." Tort Reform Hurts Consumers As medical malpractice lawyers, we find that those who accuse medical malpractice claims of being frivolous do not understand the extent of the damage done to people's lives when negligent doctors make … [Read more...]

Bedsore Prevention Tip #13: Educational Programs

As nursing home abuse attorneys, we have found that one of the most effective ways to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect is to be properly educated in the needs and care of your loved one. Each and every nursing home patient has unique needs which calls for the implementation of unique care plans. Nursing home patients that are susceptible to bed sores and pressure ulcers are in particular need of staff awareness and education. As we always state, “Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to preventing nursing home abuse and neglect, such as bed sores and pressure ulcers.” Tip #13: The Importance of Educational Programs … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Provide Tip#10 for Bed Sore Prevention

As nursing home abuse attorneys, we have been posting a series of tips to help the prevention of nursing home abuse and bed sores. Our last few posts concerned the nursing home patient’s need for proper nutrition and hydration, as well as the importance of repositioning. Today’s bed sore tip once again deals with proper positioning of the nursing home patient to prevent a painful and often deadly bed sore. As we have indicated in the past, "Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to preventing bed sores and pressure ulcers in nursing homes.” Tip #10: Proper Pressure Redistribution The 9th tip for the prevention and … [Read more...]

Will A New DePuy Hip Implant Replace My Defective DePuy Implant?

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, I have been posting on various DePuy hip recall topics and trying to answer questions that patients and victims may have about the recall. One question that many DePuy hip recall patients have is, "What type of hip implant should be used to replace the defective DePuy hip implant?" Naturally, many victims do not want another DePuy hip implant. You know the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." As a New Jersey and Philadelphia DePuy hip recall lawyer, I am strongly encouraging DePuy hip recall patients to ask their surgeons for implant options … [Read more...]